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ACT scores sees improvement

Newton County School System saw improvements across the board on its 2014 ACT college entrance exam scores and number of test takers but remained behind the state and national scores in every subject.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Bear Creek dam site to move

Bear with some small changes to the Bear Creek Reservoir's location, because it'll mean the roads around it won't have to close during its construction.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City OKs changes for mini-warehouses

"Non-conforming" is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can't be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers help with DUI training

The blaring blue flashing lights behind The Main Event in Porterdale Wednesday did not result in any arrests, but it would have had it been a real-life situation.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


'Red Band' TV show filming in Newton

Hey "Hollywood of the South" fans. Here comes another one.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City OKs changes for mini-warehouses

"Non-conforming" is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can't be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Newton High to lift new weights

The Newton High School weight room will be getting a heavy facelift after the Newton County Board of Education approved Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's recommendation to purchase new equipment due to the current equipment's condition.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


3 blood drives remain through August

The Red Cross is continuing to ask for blood, with three more blood drives in Newton County through the end of August.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale AP named NCCA principal

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCS) has a new CEO, and he's coming from just nearby.

August 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Family & Laughter

The familiar hum of the customers meets the sound of the vintage milkshake machine as it spins up a strawberry shake. Townhouse Café makes the old time milkshakes - thick, not foamy. They are just thin enough to sip through a straw.

August 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Custom-embroidery store to open on Pace St

You won't find any frogs at the new Ribbity Ribbitz store opening on Pace Street, but the embroidery business is not lacking a prince and a strong family foundation.

August 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Urban ‘won’ his 100-mile run for Taylor

Joe Urban's goal was to run 100 miles in 30 hours to raise money for cancer research, and because he'd told his young friend, Austin Taylor, that he would.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Rockdale collaborative group begins

Rockdale's highest officials have decided that it's best if they move forward with forming a collective that'll work together to benefit the community.

August 19, 2014 | Martin Rand III | LOCAL


Remember the basics of financial planning

As someone who has been dealing with finances for decades, I thought I would share some information that may be beneficial to the planning of the readers of The Covington News.

August 19, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | LOCAL


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Execution order signed for Ford

Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr signed a warrant Friday for the execution of Melbert Ray Ford Jr who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her niece in 1986.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Through the eyes of the community: Trevor Cargile takes a picture of the ominous sky above his home. A bull throws it's rider off at a rodeo held at the Georgia Horse Park in Conyers. The walking path at the Newton County Recreation Department is peaceful. A frog sits on a rock in Michelle Simpson's pond. A hummingbird gets ready to land on the feeder on Simpson's front porch.

February 05, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center auxiliary celebrates 50 years of service

The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary's theme for 2010 is "volunteers are golden treasures." During its 50 years in existence, volunteers have logged more than half a million hours of service and have helped raise more than $2 million for hospital equipment.

February 05, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Shelter finally signs lease with housing authority

The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter has been open in Covington since June, but it finally signed a lease last week.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Feb. 5

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Returning the Appreciation

A soldier's gratitude: CW5 Robert Tadlock with the Ga. Army National Guard in Macon presents Virginia Pearson, co-founder of Operation Sandbox a plaque in appreciation for outstanding service and support of the 48th IBCT. If you would like to support our troops, please visit www.operationsandboxga.com.

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'We are one people'!

Roy Barnes has seen integration and the advancement in racial equality in Georgia's schools firsthand, but the Newton High School students he spoke to Thursday weren't alive for many of those changes.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Driver’s story changes several times

A 20-year-old woman was arrested after officers reportedly noticed her driving erratically and found that the vehicle had no insurance on it.

February 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dream Achiever

When Janet Goodman thinks about Black History Month, her mind immediately goes back to the local civil rights battles of the 1960s and 70s. She grew up during the time when blacks in Covington were fighting for equality, whether it was the right to eat in the same restaurants, work in the same stores or attend the same schools.

February 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO seeks suspects in 5 car break-ins

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for breaking into five cars in the Eastwood Forrest subdivision between late-Monday night and early-Tuesday morning.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Library celebrates black history month

For more than three decades, Black History Month has been recognized in the United States, and throughout the month of February, the Newton County Library will display a timeline of history from the 1600s through today.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two arrested in burglary

On Friday January 29, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Shenandoah Court. When deputies arrived they heard movement inside the residence and were attempting to surround the house when two males ran out of the back door toward the woods as an alert deputy gave chase. A NCSO K-9 tracking unit arrived on scene and picked up the scent of the two males. The Bloodhound tracked them directly through the woods an address on Pickens Road where deputies took them into custody without incident.

February 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Beyond the call of duty

The men and women who dedicate their lives to careers in law enforcement are required to be brave, to be selfless and to help others in distress, and while every one of the deputies in the Newton County Sheriff's Department fits the bill, three were honored Friday afternoon who went one step further, starting a tradition at the NCSO that Sheriff Ezell Brown hopes to continue.

February 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Old Church in Oxford holds MLK celebration

Celebrating MLK's legacy: Oxford College student Joane Pascal gave a dramatic interpretation of song at the 2010 MLK Celebration at Old Church in Oxford. Following the invocation for the 2010 MLK Celebration, everyone in attendance sang Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing. The Rev. Sam Clowney spoke of education through the eyes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraged the students in attendance to use their education to think insightfully about the issues of today. The Oxford College A Cappella group, Oxappella, performed multiple songs.

January 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Democrats sponsor Super Bowl rib platters

The Newton County Democratic Party is selling 100 rib platters for Super Bowl Sunday.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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